A QandA with Christopher McCreery author of Commemorative Medals of The Queen’s Reign in Canada, 1952-2012

A QandA with Christopher McCreery author of Commemorative Medals of The Queen’s Reign in Canada, 1952-2012

Posted on May 30 by admin
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In honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee, our blog posts this week will be all about The Queen and Canada. Queen Elizabeth is giving out 60,000 Diamond Jubliee Medals to Canadians in honour of the occassion. The Royal family has always had a close connection with Canada, and Canadians as Christopher McCreery points out in his book Commemorative Medals of The Queen’s Reign in Canada, 1952-2012.

Christopher McCreery was kind enough to answer some of our questions about his book and this most memorable occassion.

CS: Tell us about your book.

CM: My book looks into the history of Commemorative Medals in Canada over the past sixty years. Nearly a quarter million Canadians have been recognized with these medals and little has been written about them so I though this year being the year in which The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal is being awarded to 60,000 Canadians provided a great opportunity to write on the subject.

CS: Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

CM: The readership is aimed at all of those who interested in Canadian symbols, those who have been recognized with various honours and those with a general interest in orders, decorations and medals. It is a neat aspect of Canada’s history that we have an honours system that strives to recognize citizens from all walks of life.

CS: How did you research your book?

CM: Throughout the year when I have time I undertake research at various Archives to gather information about different topics that I am interested in. I am always working on 2 or 3 books at the same time, that way when I get tired of one project I can turn to another. It is kind of like having historians ADHD.

CS: What was the creative process like for you?

CM: I love to research and write, it is the way I relax and unwind in relation to a hectic and oft stressful job.

CS: Describe your ideal writing environment.

CM: I can write anywhere so long as I have a pad of paper or laptop at hand. The ideal location for me is my Cottage south of Ottawa, but most often it is in my study at home in Halifax, or sometimes late at night at Government House in Halifax when all is quiet. Historic surroundings can add something ethereal to the entire process.

Christopher McCreery’s previous books include The Canadian Honours System and The Order of Canada. Currently, he is private secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia and is a member of the federal Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Committee. He lives in Halifax.